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Causes: Breast Cancer, Health, Health Support, Public & Societal Benefit, Public Health

Mission: The Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients (ASAP) is a non-profit 501c3 education and awareness organization. We are dedicated to sharing life-saving information about the dangers of hospital-acquired infections, now the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. Hospital-acquired infections account for more deaths each year than breast cancer, AIDS and traffic deaths combined. Our goal is to educate and protect patients, healthcare workers and the public as a means to end the spread of preventable hospital-acquired infections. ASAP is committed to empowering patients to make informed decisions and become proactive participants in their own healthcare. Our organization was started by Necrotizing Fasciitis Survivor Alicia Cole and her parents Ron & Betty. Following ‘routine’ surgery to remove uterine fibroids, Alicia contracted a near fatal hospital-acquired case of flesh-eating disease. While still healing from six additional surgeries necessitated by the infection, she began using her experience to educate others via emails, letters and websites - adamant that no other family should have to endure such a horrendous life-threatening ordeal. Sadly, every year 2 million Americans contract dangerous infections as a result of treatment in a hospital, of those the CDC states over 100,000 will die. As we look to the future one thing is clear…there is a growing need for a grassroots patient safety organization like ASAP. Infection rates are climbing rapidly and the devastating physical, emotional and economical impact of hospital-acquired infections on its victims, their families, and our country is astounding. As part of its mission, ASAP works with established advocacy groups, health professionals, healthcare educators and legislators, to spread awareness and effect a positive change. With donor support, we can increase our efforts to: 1. Educate and Protect 2. Share FREE life-saving literature 3. Donate supplies and assistance to survivors in need 4. Produce educational PSA’s and videos Please join us in the fight to save lives! Your tax-deductible donation of any amount will go a long way in helping to end the suffering caused by preventable hospital-acquired infections. At ASAP, we are committed to doing the work, but we can’t do it alone.

Geographic areas served: National Organization

Programs: ASAP has a continuous 'STAMP OUT STAPH' Postcard Campaign to spread awareness and educate the general public, caregivers and elected officials about the 2 million Americans who contract Staph and other preventable infections during the course of their hospital stay. Our goal is to educate patients on how best to protect themselves and increase the priority placed on infection prevention by caregivers. We know that our outreach efforts are working because every mailing increases the amount of traffic on our website. We have received many emails thanking the organization for the life-saving information consumers have found there.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alicia Cole has an emotionally moving and important story to tell regarding the short comings of our healthcare system. She is a very talented presenter who is enduring a significant handicap. Her willingness to share her story so others will never have to endure what she is currently going through is a strong motivator for healthcare professionals to change the system. To become more patient centered and less profit driven.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alicia Cole is founder of the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients (ASAP). She was one of the keynote speaker at the 2010 Conference for Healthcare Transparency and Patient Advocacy in Lexington, KY. Her message was riveting and relevant. As she shared her story you could hear a pin drop. After being the victim of a iatrogenic infection (hospital acquired), she has chosen to channel her energies (in spite of ongoing health issues) as a patient advocate to help make healthcare safer for others. All laypeople and healthcare workers from the bedside to the C-Suite should make an effort to hear Alicia speak. GO! Hospital acquired infections kill > 90,000 people each year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is s non profit agency that is truly advocates for patients. Lisa Cole, CEO of the organization is a true believer of patient awareness and safe practice in the medical field. I fully support this type of organization and find it to be one that truly has the right of patients at the heart. Please join or support this organization. Any and all of help is needed to make sure that patients will always have safe and clean medical practice.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Alicia Cole blessed my high school academy in the month of september of 2009. I attended Blair High Schools Health Careers Academy in the city of Pasadena, where over 200 future health professionals are trained and given the tools to be amazing leaders in healthcare. As future health professionals we were always looking for ways to learn the business as much as possible. Mrs Cole agreed to share her amazing story of survival from MRSA. She tugged at the heartstrings of students and parents alike and gave us all great assurance of what our future was to look like that day. Her story of a hospital aquired infection proved to us that there are flaws in the health profession and made us determined to fix them in our bright futures. The city of Pasadena greatly thanked Ms. Cole for her time and courage and truly was one of the most memorable experiences yet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unfortunately, my friend Lisa almost died from a hospital infection. Fortunately, she survived. Lisa promised herself that if she survived, she would share her experiences and educate the public. Because of Lisa's near death experience, Alliance For Safety Awareness For Patients was born. ASAP is Lisa's way of keeping her word and showing her committment as an advocate working to educate the public on hospital infections as well as ways to prevent hospital infections. There is no doubt in my mind that Lisa's efforts will have a direct result on reform and accountability for those who have been affected...and sadly, for those who stand to be affected by these types of infections. Lisa is one of the few to survive such an experience. Through difficult times and stressful situations, Lisa consistently keeps her word to be an advocate for this cause. Considering all that Lisa has gone through, she is being very selfless and courageous as she shares her experiences and educates the public.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Alicia Cole, the founder of ASAP, has been one of the greatest inspirations of my life. Her mission to help save lives has touched me in so many ways. I'm so inspired by her tenacity and determination to make a difference in this world. I share her story and her mission all the time; others are left not only inspired, but also educated about hospital infections and what they need to do to protect themselves and their loved ones. My hope is that by sharing Alicia Cole's journey, I'm also helping ASAP save lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year, I phoned a friend of mine in panic. One of the young women in my family was in the hospital with something the doctors could not diagnose. We were having trouble speaking with them and concerned that the right tests were being performed. My friend referred me to Alliance For Safety Awareness For Patients. I went on their website and received information on how to speak with the doctors, was comforted in what we needed to know about her long stay in the hospital and became pro-active in her treatment; in the doctors finally finding out what was wrong with her and a peace of mind came over us because we were able to speak to the doctors with a knowledge of what to ask for. Our emotions weren't getting in the doctors' way any longer. We were calmed. I recommended this organization to many friends. I'd never seen a website like this. It is full of information that is very clear and easy to read. It put the power back into my family's hand, which made for a speedier recovery because we, again, were no longer just operating from emotion. I think this is a very valuable service. I honestly do not have any constructive criticism. I found this website to be thorough and easy to navigate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am extremely proud to contribute my time to this extremely beneficial organization. I am not only a personal friend of Ms. Cole but an admirer of her fight and struggle of a very important cause. She not only took on this monumental challenge, for her own necessity, but from the beginning of her ordeal, thought of how others were facing similar situations. Against every obstacle, health, financial, legal, and on and on, she gathered the fortitude to pick up the metaphoric slingshot to take on the Goliath challenge that has created this noble nonprofit. I am forever grateful for what ASAP does and even more gratefully will continue to help wherever and whenever I possibly can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am constantly referring my pre-med students, pre-dental and nursing students, friends and family to the ASAP website for patient safety and medical information. It is a great resource. Not only is the information important but it can help save lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with an abundance of crucial information for anyone needing information navigating the hospital/ healthcare system. Alicia Cole is an inspiring and charismatic speaker who has shared the tribulations of her life experience with the hope that it will prevent others from suffering the same ordeal. As a middle school teacher of students with high-functioning autism at an at-risk low performing school, I am hoping that sometime in the future, she will be able to visit my school to educate and empower our youth.